UN Summit Produces Hope and Speeches
World leaders are set to wrap up a three-day summit at the United Nations with a declaration of goals for U.N. reform and global poverty alleviation. The gathering has produced hundreds of speeches, and a few hopeful developments.
The 60th anniversary observance ends Friday with a vote on a document that is the result of months of negotiations on how to update the world body for the 21st century. The outcome is far less than had been hoped, but could set in motion several reforms, among them a replacement of the discredited U.N. human rights commission.
Day two of the summit was filled with speeches from presidents and ministers representing 80 of the world body's 191 member states. Among them were the leaders of Russia, India, China, Japan, Iraq and Israel.